Apr 22, 2013 6:00pm PDT
went into affect over the weekend. abc 7 news is here here with a look on the impact. >> the faa says 6700 flights every day may be delayed. because they're just not enough eyes to watch them. the faa says the skies are a little less crowded today and frustration among passengers is higher. a gate agent tells passengers we didn't know this would happen but two months ago ray lahood warned cuts could force the faa to furlough controllers. >> congress needs to fix this. fix a very dumb law. >> congress has not fixed it and now, the faa says every controller will be laid off one day twofr weeks and flights delayed or canceled. >> boarding a plane to get back to lax. just sat on the tarmac about an hour. >> larry's flight never did make it to los angeles and some flights from los angeles were hours late last night. >> we had flights operating as late as, as early as 2:00 a.m. >> that flight supposed arrive before 11:30. mike's flight delayed six hours. >> if i'm delayed six hours and can't work what is everybody else delayed? how much have you lost? >> the long delays were mostly at lax.
Apr 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on "federal budget cuts." the agency says it was forced to furlough air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency $640 million. the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and early numbers show delays at baltimore, washington, and laguardia spiking four-fold today over last monday. but part of that could be weather-related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. so here's the confusing thing. the flights to washington, d.c. all seem to be delayed from miami. but the flight tracker here on the faa website has no delays. >> so 10% fewer air traffic controllers still have the same number of planes in the air at the same time. about 5,000 of them. transportation secretary ray lahood called it a calamity. >> safety will never be compromised. safety is not involved in the decision that we made about who to
Apr 23, 2013 4:00am PDT
another day of flight delays, as the faa scrambles to make due with fewer air traffic controllers. some of the nation's busiest airports fell behind because federal budget cuts have resulted in furloughs across the faa. delays are ranging from 15 minutes to several hours. >>> the record rainfall and flooding that's inundating much of the midwest is far from over. in peoria, the illinois river is cresting today, expected to hit nearly 30 feet. the problem is flood stage is only 18 feet. mississippi and other river towns are seeing similar swamping. near st. louis, more than 100 barges broke free, some smashing into bridges. at least ten of them sank. >>> and there's evidence that we are not exaggerating about the water levels. here it is. take a look at a fish swimming by someone's office window. that's in grand rapids. the river there crested at nearly 22 feet. >> my goodness. >> yikes. >>> today's forecast for the flood zone won't be a welcome one. plan on plenty of rain stretching from south texas all the way to the great lakes. and in the northern-most spots it will be snowing
Apr 23, 2013 1:40am PDT
triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the flights to washington, d.
Apr 23, 2013 7:00am PDT
to take off was over an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see tic